Oral Trials In Mexico

Legal reform is slowly but surely sweeping Mexico’s legal system. Mexico’s centuries-old legal system is being transformed into a system where oral trials will be publicly presented to the assigned judge. This new system will require judges to hear evidence orally, instead of through written briefs and memorandum.  The oral system will allow more transparency and accountability to the judges who have traditionally rendered their decisions without much public scrutiny.

Subrogation cases will greatly benefit from the new oral system, where the complexity of fire burn patterns, spread issues, and other scientifically technical evidence will be better explained through expert witnesses testifying before the judge in order to present their opinions. This will truly provide a refreshing dimension to litigating subrogation cases throughout Mexico.  

This new system is expected to be fully implemented throughout Mexico’s 31 states by 2016. So far, Chihuahua, Nuevo Leon, Oaxaca, Zacatecas, State of Mexico, and Baja California, have already began to have oral trials. Slowly but surely, the rest of the country will implement this new system that is expected to bring renewed confidence to Mexico’s legal system. 

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